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UMPRUM Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design in Prague
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14-22 September 2019

Mon-Sun 10am-6pm, except Thu 19th late night opening until 8pm
15a Cromwell Place
Kensington
SW7 2LA
Free Event
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UMPRUM Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design in Prague

UMPRUM the Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design in Prague (UMPRUM) was founded in 1885. Throughout its existence it has ranked among the best educational institutions in the country. It boasts a number of successful graduates who have gone on to become respected professionals, garnering acclaim beyond the Czech Republic. The academy is divided into the departments of architecture, design, fine arts, applied arts, graphic and theory and history of art. Each department is divided into studios according to their specialist area. Heads of the studios are leading figures of the Czech art scene. The academy is also reacting to the needs of the market and new interest of the future students so during the 2018/2019 semester opened two new studios: in the spring of 2018 the Guest Artist Programme, where to each semester UMPRUM invites an acknowledged artist from abroad to work with its students. In the winter 2018 the Studio of Photography II, which falls under the Graphic Department, was opened and it offers space for a new generation of talents with a desire for innovation within the visual world.

The academy at the moment offers to about 600 students 25 studios within 6 departments. Twice a year the whole academy opens to the public for a presentation of student works, entitled “Artsemestr”. Each year the academy organizes over 15 exhibitions, half of which are shown abroad. 

In 2018 UMPRUM entered prestigious register QS World University Rankings and  is listed among the world's best universities between 51st and 100th so ranked among such schools as the Ecole Nationale Superieure des Arts Decoratifs (ENSAD) in Paris, from American schools such as Cornell University, Cranbrook Academy of Art, and from the UK Sheffield Hallam University, and Kingston University.